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Divine Visit – Haridwar and Rishikesh – December 5 & 6, 2019

On the morning of December 5, Bhagawan asked all the staff, students and devotees to proceed to Haridwar. They were all divided into three groups and each group spent the morning visiting one of the three temples of Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi and Bilkeshwar Mahadev.

Before Bhagawan departed for Haridwar after partaking lunch, He blessed all the Sevadals and kitchen volunteers who had worked selflessly and tirelessly to take care of all the 600 people travelling with Bhagawan at Rishikesh.

Bhagawan then proceeded to Haridwar in the afternoon to the VIP Ghat, where a Satsang was held in a specially erected pandal on the banks of Mother Ganga. Brother Sumeet Tappoo presented a musical rendition of beautiful devotional songs. Bhagawan then sat on the banks of Mother Ganga, where a special Puja was performed as a group of priests had come from Pauri to do a special Ganga Aarti in the evening.

Afterwards, Bhagawan gave His farewell blessings and after taking group pictures with everyone, the group proceeded back to Rishikesh for dinner and to retire for the night before Bhagawan and His entourage departed the next morning back to Bangalore.

Before departing from Rishikesh in the morning of December 6, Pujya Swamiji gave a very fond and emotional farewell to Bhagawan at his Kutir. He presented Bhagawan with 11 volumes of the ‘Encyclopedia of Hinduism’ for the Ashram at Sathya Sai Grama and also a complete set for the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence.

This brought a most beautiful, wonderful and blissful trip with the Lord of the Universe, to a close.

Divine Visit – Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh – December 3 & 4, 2019

The final leg of the twelve day tour was to be spent in the holy land of Rishikesh. The Lord of Lords along with His entourage, reached the land of Devas on the evening of December 3, and was lovingly welcomed by His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji. It was a very touching and emotional welcome and was so glorious to see the beautiful relationship between Bhagawan and Pujya Swamiji. Thereafter, dinner was served to Bhagawan and all retired to their rooms to rest for the night.

The next morning, Bhagawan proceeded along with Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji for the Bhoomi Puja of ‘Sai Nivas’, which will be Bhagawan’s residence at Parmarth Niketan. After the rituals were performed, Bhagawan proceeded for a beautiful and glorious Satsang. This Satsang was indeed the highlight of the last few days spent with Bhagawan.

Sadhvi Bhagawatiji first addressed the gathering and welcomed everyone back to Parmarth Niketan. She spoke about Bhagawan’s upcoming residence, ‘Sai Nivas’ and reminded everyone “to keep ‘Sai Nivas’ within our own hearts because that is what will keep us coming back to our Selves.” She also reminded everyone to engage further in service and make use of this blessed opportunity of being in the lap of Mother Ganga.

Pujya Swamiji then spoke next, and reminisced some of his experiences with Bhagawan, narrating how Bhagawan had promised Swamiji that whenever He would come to Rishikesh, He would come to Parmarth. Swamiji spoke about how Parmarth Niketan had been built and the journey that led to the Ashram that it has become today. Swamiji also spoke about the power of meditation and urged everyone to engage in meditation, so the inner connect can be achieved.

The next speaker for the morning was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy. Expressing the collective gratitude of everyone to Pujya Swamiji and Sadhviji, Sri Narasimha Murthy spoke about the holiness of Mother Ganga. He narrated that when Brother Srinivas Bhamidipati, an alumnus from Swami’s Institution was driving Bhagawan from the airport to Parmarth Niketan the previous night, he had asked Bhagawan which were the holiest places to visit in Rishikesh. Bhagawan replied, “There is no holier place than the lap of Mother Ganga.” Sri Narasimha Murthy then spoke about the selflessness of Mother Ganga and when he emotionally expressed his gratitude to Her for allowing everyone to be in Her lap, there was not a single dry eye left in the room.

Bhagawan then granted His Divine Message and spoke about the relationship of love between God and His devotees. Bhagawan reminded everyone to keep God at the centre of everything, since loving God is the prime purpose of this creation. He said, “God loving man and man loving God is the basis of creation.” Bhagawan also spoke about the journey of Parmarth Niketan and also urged everyone to engage in meditation.

After a short musical recital on the flute, Mangala Aarti was offered to Bhagawan, thus concluding a blissful Satsang with the Lord.

In the evening, everyone gathered at the ghat on the banks of Mother Ganga for Satsang and to offer Aarti to Mother Ganga. During the Satsang when Sadhvi Bhagawatiji beautifully declared that this coming together of Sai and Parmarth was a Prayag, Bhagawan lovingly added saying that it is rather a Prema Prayag. 

It was also the commemoration of ‘Aao Kumbh Chale’ to invite everybody for the Kumbh Mela 2019. The Kumbh Mela has been declared by UNESCO as the ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’ and 2019 Kumbh Mela is expected to see 150 milliom people converge to Prayag, with people of various faiths expected to participate.  

A pledge was also taken to protect Mother Nature and the glorious Ganga Aarti was also conducted that evening. Thereafter, there was the launch of ‘Life – a Prayer’, a programme on Sanathana Vani, Internet radio which once a week, airs the talks of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sri Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji.

Bhagawan then proceeded to the Kutir of Swamiji, for a short Satsang and thereafter group pictures were taken with all the students and staff. Then, Bhagawan and Swamiji dined with a few guests before retiring for the night.

Divine Visit – Delhi – Second Anniversary Celebrations of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani, Palwal – December 02, 2018

On the evening of December 2, students, staff and all the guests who had accompanied Swami proceeded to the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care, Palwal for the second anniversary celebrations. Before making His way to the main area, Bhagawan first stopped just opposite His own beautiful quarters, to perform the Bhoomi Puja for a new staff quarters for all those dedicated people working tirelessly in this medical mission in Palwal. Currently, the staff of the hospital have to travel everyday from rented apartments some distance away from the hospital. Seeing this difficulty, Swami decided to initiate the construction of Staff quarters. After performing the Puja, Bhagawan lovingly declared that this quarters was His gift to the selfless staff of the hospital, and went on to outline various types of facilities which He wanted to ensure were provided for the recreation of the doctors, and to cater for those with families. Truly, when we do His work, He Himself takes care of everything in our lives!

Bhagawan then proceeded to the dais at the centre of the hospital, where all staff, devotees and students had gathered. The celebrations began with the invocatory Durga Suktam by women Staff members of the Hospital. These ladies had learnt this chant within one week and chanted beautifully as an offering to their Lord.

A welcome address was then given by Dr Subramanian Chellappan, a senior consultant in Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia and Critical Care. Welcoming the gathering, Dr Chellappan expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Bhagawan for His presence on this wonderful occassion of the second anniversary celebrations of Sai Sanjeevani, Palawal. He touched upon the journey of the Sai Sanjeevani hospitals and how the free-of-cost surgeries performed so far, had saved the lives of thousands of children and thanked all who had played some part in the development of Sai Sanjeevani.

The next speaker, was Dr Sunny Kanwaljeet Anand, an ardent devotee of Bhagawan and MD in Paediatric Critical Care, Stanford Medical Centre. Dr Anand spoke about the necessity for free paediatric cardiac care in India, and how the Sai Sanjeevani institutions will work towards tackling the problem of congenital heart disease in children.

Dr Yogesh Sathe, Head of the Paediatric Cardiology Department at Sai Sanjeevani, Palwal, was the next speaker of the evening. Dr Sathe spoke about the aspect of post-operative care and life after Sanjeevani. Interspersing his talk with anecdotes of little hearts which have been touched by Sai Sanjeevani, Dr Sathe spoke about some of the miracles which have been witnessed by the staff of the hospital and offered his gratitude to Bhagawan. Dr Sathe also introduced a twelve year old boy who, seven months after having heart surgery, ran a half marathon with hospital staff members! This young boy indeed represented the power and unique touch of Sai Sanjeevani.

Another amazing example of the touch of Sai Sanjeevani, was Amit Kumar who underwent heart surgery at the age of seventeen at Sai Sanjeevani, Raipur. After his surgery, Amit Kumar promised that he would complete his studies and return to work as a nurse at Sai Sanjeevani and today, four years later he has joined CCU at Palwal as a staff nurse.

The next speaker, was Dr Krishna Manohar who is a senior consultant in Paediatric Cardiac surgery at Sai Sanjeevani, Palwal. Speaking about compassionate care, Dr. Manohar gave a dynamic presentation linking various aspects of child heart care with religion and spirituality.

Bhagawan then launched a Fellowship Programme at Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani International Centre for Child Heartcare and Research in order to train new doctors in this highly skilled profession, and also create a solid team of compassionate healers who will redefine Paediatric Cardiac Care. Bhagawan launched this programme, and blessed each of the Fellows who have joined the Hospital.

This was followed by Bhagawan presenting the ‘Gift of Life’ certificates to each of the children who had undergone surgery and were ready to be discharged. A few of the parents and children also shared their thoughts and feelings on the gift of life they had received from this hospital and upon hearing their heartfelt words, there was not a dry eye in the audience.

Bhagawan then launched the revamped website which had been designed to better match the increasing pace and expanding work of Sai Sanjeevani.

Sri C Sreenivas was then the next speaker for the evening and he touched upon his journey with the Sai Sanjeevani movement, beginning with the hospital built in Raipur in 2011. He spoke about selflessness as the base for Sai Sanjeevani and attributed all the success of these hospitals to Bhagawan.

Sri Arvind Thyagarajan then came up to the dias to offer his invention of the Smart Stethoscope to Bhagawan and Sai Sanjeevani, Palwal. He also briefly gave a historical background to the invention and explained its use and workings.

Bhagawan then granted His Divine Message and urged everyone to engage in selfless service, saying that service which is done selflessly is the highest purpose of every human birth. Citing the Hospital as an example of what can be achieved when human endeavour and God’s abundant grace come together, Bhagawan explained the need for such hospitals, as many parents do not have the financial means to have their child’s heart defects operated. Reminding everyone to cultivate the quality of determination, Bhagawan expressed that we should continue to strive until Sai Sanjeevani becomes the world’s best facility in Paediatric Cardiac Excellence along with keeping the noble intention of serving anyone and everyone who needs help. Granting His blessings, Bhagawan reminded everyone that there is much more to be done and the work will not be finished until we have achieved all of it.

After a short break, the little children of Sai Sanjeevani presented a dance offering thanking Bhagawan for the gift of life which He has bestowed on them. This was followed by the cutting of a cake to commemorate these milestone second anniversary celebrations, after which Bhagawan received Mangala Aarti and thus concluded a beautiful, tear-filled celebration of this hallowed institution of love and selfless service.

 

 

Divine Trip – Kolkata – Bishwa Bangla Convention Centre – November 30, 2018

On the evening of 30 November, Bhagawan and His entourage proceeded to the Bishwa Bangla Convention Centre for a Satsang to celebrate the initiation of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani in West Bengal. Sri Gautam Deb, Minister of Tourism graced the evening, along with Pujya Chidanand Saraswati Ji from Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh.

Sri Subhojit Roy Mukherjee, trustee of the Sri Sathya Sai Aarogya Vahini Trust, West Bengal commenced the proceedings of the evening by speaking about the health service initiatives taken up by the youth of West Bengal and recounted how four years ago, he had requested Bhagawan Baba to build a hospital in West Bengal. At that time, Bhagawan had told Sri Subhojit to start with a medical van and if the youth were able to sustain the initiative, He would give them a small hospital to run. Bhagawan then promised that if they managed to sustain the small hospital as well, He Himself would come and initiate the building of a larger hospital in West Bengal. “Today, after only three years into this medical initiative, moved by the prayers of thousands of mothers in West Bengal, Bhagawan has graced this blessed State in order to initiate the building of another Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital for Paediatric Cardiac Care”, he submitted emotionally. Praying to Bhagawan to make use of all in His expanding mission, Sri Subhojit concluded his talk with a video presentation on the work of the Sri Sathya Sai Aarogya Vahini Trust.

The next speaker for the evening was Smt. Sowmya Jandhyala, and she narrated about the beautiful journey of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals Since its inception to the present day, replete with a few heart-rending anecdotes of little hearts which have been touched by Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani.

Sri Arvind Thyagarajan followed next, with a presentation on innovations for Paediatric Cardiac sreening and training. Sri Arvind a scientist from Bay Area in California, has invented an Intelligent Stethoscope which has Integrated EKG and therefore allows for this mobile device to reach and save many more little hearts. He then offered this first device to the State of West Bengal for use by the team of Sri Sathya Sai Aarogya Vahini.

The next speaker was Sri Goutam Deb, Tourism Minister for the Government of West Bengal and MLA elected from the Dabgram-Phukwari constituency. Offering his gratitude to Bhagawan for bringing Sai Sanjeevani to West Bengal, he spoke about the need for such an institution as Sai Sanjeevani in West Bengal and heartily welcomed the endeavour.

This was followed by a talk by His Holiness, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji from Parmarth Niketan. Pujya Swamiji spoke about the Divine touch of Bhagawan Baba which is able to make anything happen and has brought the consciousness of loving all and serving all, to hundreds of thousands across the globe. Pujya Swamiji praised the youth who have joined and continue to join the medical mission of Bhagawan, and reminded everyone to keep feeling Bhagawan’s presence and continue moving along this beautiful journey of love and selfless service.

The next speaker was Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust. He spoke about pain and prayer being the two things which the Lord always answers, and for which He comes rushing and both of these defining aspects have played a part in bringing Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani to West Bengal. Praising the youth of West Bengal who have taken on the medical mission in the state, Sri Sreenivas expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan, for it is His love that keeps each heart beating for Him and Him alone.

This was followed by Bhagawan’s much-awaited Divine Discourse. Bhagawan spoke about the great contributions of the state of West Bengal, in the form of renowned people such as Swami Vivekananda Rabindranath Tagore, Jagdish Chandra Bose and Subhash Chandra Bose among others. Bhagawan declared that being the Divine Mother, He felt the pain and prayers of thousands of mothers and felt compelled to bring Sai Sanjeevani to them, in order to save their ailing little children. Due to the shortage of specialists in Paediatric Cardiology, Bhagawan also declared that Kolkata would also become home to a college for higher studies in the field, providing the opportunity for further studies totally free of cost. Reminding everyone that in order to make Swami happy and win His grace, we must make others happy. Thus, granting His Divine benediction, Bhagawan concluded His Divine Discourse.

After a short break, the programme continued with Nrityanjali, a series of dance performances by students of the Tanushree Shankar Dance Academy. Depicting various aspects of life both human and animal, the dance group put on a scintillating performance with much variety and style. They ended their offering with a beautiful number depicting the concept of surrender, based on the Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi’s poem, Human Being.

Bhagawan then accepted Mangala Arati and thus concluded the final evening in Kolkata with the Divine.

 

Kolkata – Belur Math & Kali Dakshineshwar, November 29, 2018

With the morning spent resting after travelling from Mumbai to Kolkata the previous evening, everyone was very eager for the Divine visit to Belur Math. Bhagawan arrived during the late afternoon as everyone had lined the roads in anticipation. He proceeded straight to the sanctum of the Sri Ramakrishna Temple. Thereafter, He was taken to the room of Swami Vivekananda and meditation room of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Upon visiting these places, speaking to all who had gathered He said that every brick, stone, dust particle, leaf and blade of grass here was full of sacrifice.

He continued saying, “This is the very same place where both, God Descended and Man Ascended. This place has seen God Himself Descend in Human form and Mam ascend to Divinity” – “Tyaagenaikena Amrutatva Maanashuh”. Only through Sacrifice can immortality be attained. With that feeling of purity and sacrifice, spend time here and pray .
This place has become immortal because of the sacrifice of the people living here since ancient times”.

Bhagawan then proceeded back to the temple of Sri Ramakrishna for Aarti and after sitting for a while in the prayer hall attached to the Sanctum of the temple, Bhagawan returned to His residence whilst the devotees, students and staff boarded buses to visit the Dakshineshwar Kali temple.

Commencement of Medical Services – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care and Training in Paediatric Skills – Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra – November 27, 2018

It was a truly momentous and magnificent occasion as a new temple of healing which would provide hope and solace to many was to commence its medical services at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba arrived at the Hospital in the evening, and after blessing all those who had worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality, Bhagawan made His way to the centre of this heart-shaped hospital, for yet another beautiful session in His Divine presence.

The proceedings began with a welcome address by Sister Bhuvana Santhanam, who offered her gratitude to Bhagawan for making this miracle a reality. She spoke about the two brothers, Anil and Sagar Muthyala, the engineers for this grand project and how they had completed so much of the building in just a short span of 60 days! She said, “Where logic ends, magic begins! Today indeed is a red-letter day in the history of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals as this Divine temple of healing truly stands as a manifestation of the Will and power of the Lord.”

The first speaker for the evening, was the legendary cricketer, Sri Sunil Gavaskar. He expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan for gracing his hometown with His Divine presence and prayed that Bhagawan should keep visiting the city.

With one in every 100 children being born with Congenital Heart Defect, the statistics reveal that in the state of Maharashtra, only 10% of these children receive treatment. The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani hospitals stand tall as beacons of light for these little children and their families, who have no other to turn to, but God. It is under the guidance of Sri C Sreenivas that these hospitals have been taking shape over the last seven years. Bhagawan blessed Sri C Sreenivas to speak next and he began by acknowledging Sri Indulal Shah, who had always dreamt of Bhagawan opening a hospital in this city. He went on to say that this is a golden day in history where Bhagawan has planted the seeds of self-transformative selflessness in every heart. Bhagawan uniquely defines selflessness as being when the self loses itself to find itself in another self and indeed, this is the most powerful aspect of Bhagawan’s projects. Sri C Sreenivas also offered his gratitude to the Muthyala brothers who have worked 18-20 hours per day for the last 60 days, in order to execute Bhagawan’s vision of this hospital.

The next speaker was Sri Anil Muthyala. He along with his brother Sri Sagar, met Bhagawan for the first time at the Bhoomi Puja for this very hospital one year ago and they immediately agreed to take on this project. They had never imagined coming to Mumbai, let alone taking on a project of such magnitude! He emphasised that such buildings usually take at least 2-3 years and in a city like Mumbai, possibly even longer! He expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan for making this miracle happen, especially in such a short time as 60 days. Even though the work was done at a fast pace, there had been no compromise on quality and such a miracle could only have been performed by Bhagawan.

The next speaker for the evening was Sri B N Narasimha Murthy who began by saying that to be recognised by God is much greater than being recognised by the world. He recounted seeing the building in August when nothing had been built due to flooding and monsoons, and had wondered how this hospital could be ready for inauguration by November. Bhagawan’s infinite compassion has made the impossible, possible, he concluded.

Bhagawan then in His boundless love, granted His Divine message. He praised the brothers, Anil and Sagar Muthyala as having been Bhagawan’s left and right hands in this mission and profusely showered His love on them. He explained that many people ask why Bhagawan is in such a hurry to set up all these institutions and Bhagawan lovingly answered that “Hari is always in a hurry to answer the prayers of His devotees.” Bhagawan continued to say that it is His vow to give the needy what they lack and since so many millions of children are waiting for operations in India, He has willed that five hospitals must come up across the country in order to provide healthcare access to everyone – namely one each in the North, South, East, West and Central regions of the country. Alongside these main super-speciality hospitals, Bhagawan declared that 250 medical centres would come up across the country in order to reach every part of society.

Speaking about the upcoming initiation of work for the hospital in Kolkata, Bhagawan also announced that an exclusive centre for higher studies in Paediatric Cardiology would be established, which would provide further education in the field, totally free of cost.

Praising Sri C Sreenivas, Bhagawan said that he is always ready to do whatever Bhagawan commands, without question and that everyone must be like him, always ready to do Bhagawan’s work. Saying that this heart-shaped hospital should serve as the heart of Mumbai, reminding this city that never sleeps that heart should always win over the head, Bhagawan concluded His Divine Discourse.

After a short break, the evening’s programme continued with a musical offering by Sri Sumeet Tappoo and his group of musicians. Sri Sumeet Tappoo presented a beautiful bouquet of nine devotional songs on Radha, Krishna, Rama and Swami, ending with a prayerful rendition of ‘Jab Pran Tan Se Nikale’, which requests the Lord to be present during the final moments of our lives. Thus, ended a most captivating evening with the Lord and Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan.

 

Medical Symposium on Paediatric Cardiac Care – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care and Training in Paediatric Skills – Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra – November 26, 2018

It was on November 27, 2016 – that Bhagawan had made the grand declaration of the upcoming hospital in Maharashtra. He had declared, “Two years from now, mark my words, we will be all gathered at another part of the country way down in the south to open another hospital in Maharashtra. I’m not imagining and telling things. But I’m seeing and telling you. The reader may be in the tenth page of the book and he may not know what’s on the sixtieth page. Whereas the writer of the book knows the entire story. I know the whole story.”

As per the Divine assurance, exactly two years on, November 27, 2018 was to stand as the D-Day for the commencement of services, of yet another magnificent temple of healing – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care and Training in Paediatric Skills in Navi Mumbai. This grand building truly stands as a testament to the unstoppable will of the Lord when it is joined by human effort; just as Bhagawan has reminded us time and again that when God’s will and man’s effort come together, nothing is impossible.

On the evening of November 26, Bhagawan along with His entourage, students, staff and devotees from 40 countries gathered at this hallowed hospital building. While everyone were seated under the stars, in the centre of the heart-shaped hospital, Bhagawan went around each and every room that had been built so far. After some time, He glided outside amidst the devotees while melodious Bhajans reverberated all around.

The evening programme, which was a medical conference outlining various aspects of the Sai Sanjeevani hospitals, was introduced by Dr Sreemayi Sreenivas. She welcomed Bhagawan and all the guests, thanking Him for coming to Navi Mumbai. She then introduced the introductory speaker, Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, who reminded everyone that Bhagawan is the one who has done everything and it is only He who breaths through each one of us, working through us every second of every day. He also narrated the miraculous account of the land upon which this blessed facility has been built, recounting how the Government of Maharashtra had offered this very land to Bhagawan more than 15 years ago. Although Bhagawan had returned this land to the Government three years later, it is this very same piece of land that has found its way back to Bhagawan, for His mission of building this Hospital! Sri Sreenivas reminded everyone that when Bhagawan is working through us, success is ensured and knows no bounds.

The next speaker was Dr Rishikesh Wadke. An MD in Public Health, Dr Wadke summarised the various aspects of physical, mental and social wellbeing and elucidated on the numerous dimensions of holistic health, to which Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani caters. The second speaker Dr C S Srinivas who is an MD in Paediatrics, spoke about the role of Paediatricians as a bridging gap. He covered some details about common congenital heart diseases and their symptoms. This was followed by a Cardiologist’s perspective on the scenario in Maharashtra – Dr L. Srinivas, a Cardiologist from Jupiter Hospital in Mumbai.

Dr Prabhatha Rashmi, from the Sai Sanjeevani family then spoke about the Sai Sanjeevani way of addressing the burden of congenital heart defects. She spoke about the matter of congenital heart disease among the rural population of India and ways in which Sai Sanjeevani can ensure that healthcare access is provided to the poorest, and most needy sections of society.

Dr Ashish Katewa, Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital Naya Raipur presented next. He spoke about the pearls and perils of free cardiac health care. He beautifully outlined the joys and dangers of providing free healthcare, and summarised a number of ways in which Sai Sanjeevani can tackle the perils which may come with this noble initiative.

This was then followed by a presentation by Dr Shaun Setty, a Paediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac surgeon from California, USA. He spoke about the level of healthcare provided in the USA along with some data, comparing the problem of congenital heart disease in India, with that abroad. Dr Smruti Ranjan Mohanty, a Paediatric Cardiologist from the Kokila Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, then presented a talk on life after Congenital Heart Surgery, and elaborated on some various possible outcomes of surgery.

The next speaker for the evening was Dr Madhu Mahadeve, an MD in Anaesthesia. He gave a brief and wonderful insight into skill development in Sai Sanjeevani. Sri Arvind Thiagarajan, the penultimate speaker for the Conference, is the founder and CEO of HD Medical, USA. He gave a very short presentation on his invention of a smart Sthetoscope which can be used to screen for congenital heart defects in children. The final speech was by Sri HSD Srinivas, Director of Health, Tata Trusts. He spoke about public social responsibilities in building a healthy India and touched upon the role of philanthropy in contributing towards creating a healthy nation.

A final vote of thanks was delivered by Dr Sai Sujana, a budding Paediatrician, and an alumnae from Swami’s Primary School in Prasanthi Nilayam. Mangala Arati was offered to Bhagawan, and dinner Prasadam was served to all gathered.

 

93rd Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – November 23, 2018 (Evening)

As the rays of the setting sun made way for the crisp breeze, watching the Lord descend from His residence atop the hill, crawling through the curvy road and gradually approaching the auditorium, an indescribable warmth filled every heart despite the chilly winter evening. From all corners of the world, men and women, young and old, had converged upon the little hamlet of Muddenahalli with just one desire, to be with Swami on His birthday.

While the girl students with culture dance presentation and boy students chanting verses from the Vedas, youth representatives from various nations stood on either side of the aisle – a unique and unprecedented guard of honour for the Master. Bhagawan was welcomed with the traditional Poorna Kumbham as the air reverberated with mellifluous Bhajans. The gracious Master that He always is, Bhagawan wound his way through the gathering, cutting cakes, throwing chocolates, distributing gifts, accepting and answering prayers, leaving not an inch of ground uncovered.

The proceedings commenced with Vedic invocations by the second-year pre-university students. Bhagawan released a multitude of books and translations of the, amassing to a colossal 24 books spanning 18 popular global languages. The translations, which are published by Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutha Prakashna, the publications wing of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust, include the highly recommended Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha series, transcriptions of divine discourses delivered in the subtle form, and The Story Divine, an intriguing narrative of personal transformation, penned by Bhagawan’s chosen communicator in the subtle form, Sri Madhusudan. The new releases included a Kannada musical offering in addition to the English edition of Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha Volume 9.

The first speaker for the evening was Mr Isaac Tigrett, Founder of the Hard Rock Café and the House of Blues. Mr Tigrett thanked Bhagawan for providing an opportunity to undertake the incredible task of translating Sri Sathya Sai Uvacha into foreign languages, and he also commended the global team for their efforts and dedication.

Sri Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian Cricketer, who was the next speaker, expressed his gratitude to Bhagawan, who was a constant presence in his life and career, guiding him and eventually raising the man to make him a legend. He urged the audience to strive and spread goodness for it is the need of the hour.

The next speaker, Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of the Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, reflected upon the momentous nature of the occasion being celebrated. His talk revolved around the love and sweetness that is the mark of Swami’s presence, which alone draws devotees from every nook and corner of the world to an unseen and unheard-of village in India, day after day, week after week, year after year.

Sri T B Jayachandra, Former Minister of the Government of Karnataka, was next to address the gathering. He stressed that the teachings of Bhagawan were universal, which lay the path for each one to follow in order to establish peace and righteousness in the world.

The concluding talk was delivered by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions. In his thundering talk, he spoke of the on-going mission of the Lord in the subtle form in Muddenahalli, reiterating that Bhagawan is love personified; His energy is the source of all the strength and energy in His devotees.

This talk was followed by the divine discourse. After taking a short break, Bhagawan returned for the cultural presentation.

Devotees from Singapore, who play a prominent role in the current mission of Bhagawan, were the first to offer a garland of songs. While they danced and sang, unable to contain their joy, seated on the silver throne, next to the intricately decorated Jhoola (swing), swaying to the tune of sweet music, Bhagawan was a sight to behold. At the end of their presentation, a large cake was brought and while the entire hall was singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’, Bhagawan lovingly cut the birthday cake.

The final act to mark the grand conclusion of this glorious day was a musical extravaganza on the Sarod by Sri Amaan Ali Bangash and Sri Ayaan Ali Bangash. The brothers, maestros themselves, sons of the world-renowned Sarod legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, have performed at many prestigious venues, including the Carnegie Hall and collaborated with the most talented and respected musicians, world over. They began their presentation with a classical composition set in Raag Shree, an evening raag. Their next piece was a folk song that is traditionally sung in the eastern regions of India, Bengal and Assam. The brothers, who enthralled the audience with their soul stirring music, ended with a popular Indian devotional song, Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram. As the festivities drew to a close and Arati was offered to Bhagawan, one could say with certainty that every soul which walked out into the starry night to watch the display of fireworks was content, having basked in the nectarine love of the Lord for the entire evening of His birthday celebrations.

 

93rd Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – November 23, 2018 (Morning)

Sathya Sai Grama, a tiny village in the district of Chikkaballapur, was abuzz with activity in the wee hours of holy morning of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Birthday. November 23 this year was celebrated as Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti – the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak.

Even before the warm rays of the sun peered into the Ashram on the cold winter morning, the air was already scented with the fervour of the imminent celebrations. On a day when the Ashram would host the Honourable Vice President of India Sri Venkaiah Naidu and the Honourable Governor of Karnataka Sri Vajubhai Vala among a host of other dignitaries, the focal point of all those assembled was their Master, their Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Devotees from all corners of the world had been pouring into the town for the past week, to revel in the 93rd Birthday Celebrations of their beloved Swami.

The festivities commenced, after Bhagawan’s arrival along with the Honourable Vice President of India and the Honourable Governor of Karnataka, with playing of the National Anthem by students of the Sri Sathya Sai Institution, followed by the lighting of the ceremonious lamp. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati ji, President and Spiritual Head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, a spiritual institution based in Rishikesh, delivered his benedictory address, granting his message of love and peace. During his enlightening talk, the spiritual leader stressed that it is the touch of the Master alone that can convert dust into diamond. He urged the audience to remain united, for this was the only means to achieve true peace.

The morning witnessed the conferring of the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence upon seven individuals who went beyond their call of duty, who, through their passion and zeal, strived to serve humanity in their respective fields of expertise while constantly upholding human values. Sri Sunil Gavaskar, Former Indian Cricketer and one of the members of the jury for the Excellence Awards, spoke of the need to excel at an individual level in order to bring about transformation in the society, the country, and the world at large. He also gave an overview of the gigantic social welfare projects that have been launched by Bhagawan in the subtle form, serving the nation in the fields of education, healthcare and nutrition.

The Excellence Awards, which were given away by the Honorable Vice President, were awarded to Sri Kartik Sawhney (Education), Smt Purnima Devi Barman (Environment), Dr Sunil Kumar Hebbi (Health), Dr Ambika Kameshwar (Music and Fine Arts), Sri Vinayak Lohani (Unity of Religions), Smt Binalakshmi Nepram (Women and Child Welfare) and Ms Tegla Chepkite Loroupe (Sports).

Following the award ceremony was the launch of the coffee table book, ‘A Visionary with a Mission – Madiyala Narayana Bhat’. Authored by Ms Bhuvana Santhanam on the command of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the book traces the life and message of Sri Madiyala Narayana Bhat, a visionary leader and inspiration to scores of youth, whose selfless dedication towards the betterment of society resulted in the formation of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva group of institutions.

Thereafter, Sri Vajubhai Vala, the Honorable Governor of Karnataka, addressed the gathering and in his talk, he urged everyone to focus on the most fundamental teaching of Bhagawan, Love All Serve All. He emphasised that this universal message, which was epitomised by Bhagawan during his earthly sojourn, should be the slogan of the lives of his devotees.

Honorable Vice President of India, Sri Venkaiah Naidu, was the next speaker. Expressing his joy on being given an opportunity to participate in the Birthday Celebrations, Sri Venkaiah Naidu spoke of the massive movement of love and service that was initiated by Bhagawan, which continues to gather pace and momentum with every passing moment. He stressed that devotees of Bhagawan must consider themselves fortunate to have received His grace and guidance. His talk also focused on the need for selfless service, which helps break barriers of caste, creed and religion.

Bhagawan then granted his divine message, which was followed by the National Anthem, concluding the morning session.

What benefit is the little Seva you do in Swami’s projects? – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre For Child Heart Care And Training In Pediatric Cardiac Skills, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra – Divine Discourse Summary – November 09 and 10, 2018

Whether Hanuman Ramayana or Valmiki Ramayana, all Ramayanas have become too old for today’s times. Today’s children won’t believe in that Ramayana. This is Sai Rama’s path, Sai Rama’s way where all these people are walking, and they are building a new ‘history’, His-Story. They are building a new His-Story, new Ramayana for you, where people can see these things for themselves and they will know that such things which are considered impossible are possible because of Rama Bhakti 

A bridge was being built. A small squirrel in one corner, it saw, ‘Oh! They are doing such great work for Lord Rama.’ Something tugged at its heart. It also wanted to be of service. It would start filling the gaps between the stones, so that the path becomes smother. It went on doing. How much can a little squirrel do? But it did not think how much I can do. It thought, ‘I should do whatever I can.’ So, it kept on doing. Rama finally blessed the squirrel. Not only that squirrel, but generations and generations, the whole species of squirrel has become immortal because of the little seva that one squirrel did. Little seva that few Bombay devotees will do, the whole Bombay’s story will become immortal. It will become a part of Sai Ramayana. It will become a part of the history forever. And this opportunity has come your way. It was given to the monkeys and not anyone else has made the entire monkey race itself eternal. When we see any monkey running around, we think, ‘Oh, that’s Hanuman’ we will say. Likewise, they have already made their generation and generations to come pure by having offered their services with such a project.  

This is the bridge that takes you from death to immortality, from untruth to truth, from sadness to happiness, from humanness to Divinity. This is the hospital that is going to do that. And mind you, the first beneficiaries of the hospital are definitely children you can think, because their hearts will be corrected. But more importantly, you are the beneficiaries because your hearts will be transformed, not just corrected. Your hearts will be transformed so that you become Divine in nature. That is the glory of a seva project like this. In times to come, this will be etched in golden letters in the history, in Sai Ramayana. There are 15 days. So, there are 15 nights also. Let us not forget that. So, you have to think there are 15 days+15 nights. That is how this work will complete. What can happen in two days will happen in two hours now onwards. That Abhayam, Swami’s blessings you will see. What you think will take 2 days, suddenly you will see it is already done in 2-3 hours.

Global Akhanda Bhajans – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – November 10 and 11, 2018

In 1946, a small group of devotees from Bangalore conducted the first ever 24-hour Bhajan in the city of Bangalore. This was repeated every year for the next 28 years. Bhagawan attended and participated and where every year, for what came to be called as Akhanda Bhajans. In 1974, speaking in the Lalbagh Golden Jubilee Hall, Bangalore, after the 25th Akhanda Bhajan that He attended, Bhagawan directed that this auspicious Bhajan event, should become a global event. He told the blessed devotees who were fortunate to start this tradition, “The lamp that you have lit and fostered, will now spread over the whole world!” 

Bhagawan Baba has often reminded all about the benefits of congregational singing. 

Samyak-keerthanam Sankeerthanam” (Congregational singing of Bhajans is the best of Bhajans). There is a big difference between Keerthanam and Sankeerthanam. Keerthanam is an individual affair. It is singing by an individual for the fulfillment of his prayers. Sankeerthanam aims at the well-being of the whole universe. This is also described as Saamaajika Bhajans (community singing).

Sankeerthana aims at demonstrating unity in diversity. When all the participants combine to sing in unison with one voice, it is described as Sankeerthana

What then is the essence of Sankeerthana? Its essential purpose is to earn the love of God. Combining one’s voice, tune, feeling and rhythm to the appropriate beat of the song, the devotee should immerse himself in the singing. Harmonising the feeling with devotion and Love, the sacred words of the song should be an outpouring of love towards God. That alone is devotional singing!”

The Global Akhanda Bhajans at Muddenahalli commenced at sharp 6 p.m on the evening of November 10 2018, with Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba lighting the Akhanda Jyothi, the ceremonial lamp and flagging off the 24 hours non-stop Bhajan saga. It started with the Ganesha Bhajan – Jaya Jaya Gajanana Gananatha and after spending nearly 30 minutes listening to the Bhajans, Bhagawan proceeded to give Darshan to the devotees at Premamrutham. Having spent nearly 90 minutes at the auditorium, He retired for the evening. The Bhajans continued throughout the night with enthusiastic participation by groups of devotees from all over the world including students, devotees, volunteers, alumni and Bal-Vikas children.

November 11, 2018

The next morning, as everyone sat immersed in singing the glory of the Lord, Bhagawan arrived at around 11 a.m to the delight of all. In the evening, He arrived at the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Auditorium around 5.15 p.m and went around the hall blessing all the devotees and students. Once seated on the throne, a medley of Bhajans were offered, filling everyone with devotional fervour and marking the conclusion of the Akhanda Bhajans. The entire hall was engulfed in Divine vibrations that emanated from nonstop prayers all through 24-hours.

At the stroke of 6 p.m., the Bhajans concluded. Thereafter, a presentation on Bhagawan’s visit to the upcoming Hospital – Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Heart Care and Training in Pediatric Cardiac Skills in Navi Mumbai on November 9 and 10 was presented by Ms Bhuvana Santhanam. She started by saying that while the whole of India were busy celebrating Diwali and enjoying the festival, a few hundred people in Navi Mumbai were dedicatedly working towards the completion of the Hospital, nonstop! She said that during the visit, Bhagawan spoke of the Bhakti of the vanaras, bears and squirrels who could achieve so much, and recapitulated the wonderful visit where Bhagawan motivated the entire team working tirelessly for the completion of the hospital project. She went on describe how Swami had compared the two contractor-brothers Sri Anil and Sri Sagar Muthyala as Angada and Hanuman, working day and night with a huge vanara sena (all the labour force) with them to ensure completion. She repeated Swami’s words who had said, “This is Sai Ramayana being written and His-Story in the making!” 

This was followed by a speech by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy who recalled that when the Super Specialty Hospital was being built at Prasanthi Nilayam, workers from Tamil Nadu went home for Deepavali, a week before completion. Then, Bhagawan mobilised 1000 students who worked tirelessly to assist in the completion of that   extraordinary project. They worked for ten days, inside and outside the Hospital. 

Speaking about the Akhandaa Bhajans, Sri Narasimha Murthy recalled an incident in the year 1980 at Brindavan when Bhagawan appeared to Dr Rajeshwari (Mother of Sri C Sreenivas) at her simple cottage, during Akhanda Bhajans and blessed her with Padamamaskar! This was when Bhagawan was very much at Puttaparthi, He manifested in Brindavan as she was repeating His name with much devotion and adoration. Sri Narasimha Murthy recalled how Dr Rajeswari gave up a lucrative practice to serve Bhagawan at the General hospital at Brindavan, which she helped set up.

Bhagawan started his Divine Discourse stating that God is all forms and He is the Embodiment of truth, awareness and bliss. He emphasised that the name of Rama is a Mantra to cross the ocean of worldly existance. “A robber who could not chant the name of Rama properly, rose to be a saint by chanting His name. Once, Lord Shiva explained to Mother Parvathi, ‘The name of Lord Rama is extremely potent. Chanting His name once is equal to chanting a thousand other names. Such is its power and potency.” Bhagawan explained with a small story illustrating the truth that not everyone can chant His name unless some penance, austerity or good deeds are performed!

Once upon a time there was a thief who stole from people to sustain himself. As he was sharp, alert and clever, he never got caught. There ensured a debate between Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi as to who is remembered on earth – Shiva or Parvathi. The thief was about to break into a house to steal. Shiva wanted to see whose name the thief was going to chant as he was going to be caught. If he chanted ‘Appa’ He would go to his rescue and if he chanted ‘Amma’, Parvathi would save him. However, the thief shouted ‘Ayyo’, for he was getting a good beating for his deeds. Shiva-Parvathi looked at each other and thus ended the debate.

Bhagawan says that similar is the situation of man who does not chant the name of the Lord even in times of difficulty.

“When you say Sai, He says Oyi, when you say Baba, He is next to you waiting to rescue you! In Kannada, Baba means come-come. Immediately He comes. Because the name of the Lord isn’t chanted, we end up like the thief getting a beating from life”, said Bhagawan. He reminded everyone that in the human body Namasmarana goes on endlessly. “What is this Namasmarana? It is SohamSoham. When we inhale it is ‘So’ and when we exhale ‘Ham’. This we do 21,600 times a day remembering our Divinity. Even during the sleep state this goes on. It is easy when we pay attention to it. If we observe this, in times of difficulty the name of the Lord comes to us naturally.”

Bhagawan repeated the time-tested Mantra:  Start early, Drive slowly, Reach safely

If one starts late, he has to drive fast, there could be accidents. Chanting the name of the Lord can be done at any time, every day. There is no other way in the Kali Yuga. Therefore, chant the name continuously (Akanda) to enrich your life. The Nama (word) is the Nava (boat) across the ocean of Samsara. Where there is Nama (Name), there is Roopa (Form) as well.

He said that the Mumbai devotees and workers were working very hard to complete the hospital. “Workers take little rest and come back to work again in the next shift, although their working shift has ended. This is because they know the intent behind the construction of the hospital. The hospital will happen in a fantastic way. This is a miracle of this age taking shape due to Bhagawan’s Sankalpa. People haven’t seen Bhagawan there, but the work goes on just like the people who are devoted to Rama, Krishna and Jesus. The glory grew more and more with devotees who came after these divine personages left their body.”

He mentioned that the next hospital would-be built-in Kolkata and after that, another at the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. He emphasised that once a child’s life is saved, that family is saved. Once a family is saved, the nation is saved. He exhorted the students to grow into responsible individuals and take care of the different institutions being set up. But first everyone must develop a pure heart, filled with chanting the name of God during these tender years.

After Mangala Arati, Prasadam was distributed bringing the programme to a close.

Diwali Celebrations – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – November 08, 2018

Diwali or Deepavali, the festival of lights is one of the most significant of Hindu festivals that falls on 13th lunar day of the dark fortnight in the month of Ashwin (between the mid October and mid-November), and also traditionally celebrated 18 days after the Dussehra festival. It is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and Newar Buddhists by lighting earthen lamps, decorating houses, bursting firecrackers and inviting near and dear ones to their households for partaking in a sumptuous feast. But spiritually, the festival symbolises the victory of inner light (Rama) over spiritual darkness (Ravana), knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair.

Diwali is also celebrated as the day Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.

On this auspicious day, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was escorted into the Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham Auditorium amidst melodious Bhajans.

Once Bhagawan was seated on the dais, there was a short elaboration on Bhagawan’s visits to Visakapatnam, Jayapura, Mandya, Gadag and Gulbarga during the first week of November.

This was followed by a talk by Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, who said it was heartening to see many students come back early from holidays to have Bhagawan’s Darshan on His visit to various campuses. Indeed, it was a spiritual connection. He said, “Deepavali stands for projecting the inner light outside. That is possible only if the spiritual light is experienced within. The Upanishads declare that the knot of ignorance is cut and all doubts vanish. True Deepavali is when we offer ourselves completely to Bhagawan and become His true instruments. That is possible when we give up our individual cravings and desires.”

Thereafter, Bhagawan gave a beautiful Deepavali Discourse. He began by saying that the darkness has been equaled with ignorance, sorrow and misery and light with happiness, peace and fearlessness. In darkness people develop an illusory fear by associating a rope with a snake. But when light fills the place, the truth is established that there is no snake, just a rope.

When light comes, darkness is dispelled.
When Ignorance is dispelled, truth is established.
When fear is dispelled, fearlessness is established.
When sorrows are dispelled, happiness is established.

He revealed that when Lord Rama entered Ayodhya at dusk, Bharata was with him in the same chariot. Bharata gave up the comforts of the palace, contemplated on Rama and administered the kingdom. The citizens of Ayodhya had gathered in large numbers to greet Rama. But Rama and Bharata looked so alike that people were confused as to whom they had to garland and worship. Even Shatrugna was confused. Bharata had to point out Lord Rama to the adoring people. Bhagawan said there was great significance associated with Deepavali.

How did Deepavali come about?

Lord Rama is not the physical body, but Atma Rama. By the light of the lamps, one could see his beautiful physical form in Ayodhya. But, to see the Atma-Rama what kind of lamps should we light? Narayana is in the form of light, the Atma within. To see Him within, we need to light the lamp of divinity within. In the lamp of our body (made up of the five elements), we need to pour the oil (of Chitta-Shuddi or pure feelings), immerse the wick of cotton (the bundle of desires-the mind) and strike a match to the light the flame (Karma-as an offering to God). Then the flame of Jnana burns bright and all darkness is dispelled when you take the lamp around. Karma, Bhakti and Jnana must come together to view the glory of the Lord. Therefore, when the lamp is lit within, one can see Rama. Then we have Rama, there is always peace, comfort and happiness within. One evolves from death to deathlessness, from existence to eternity.

Who is Rama? He is the one who conquered the ten-headed Ravana (comprising of the five Karma Indriyas and five Jnana Indriyas). Rama had conquered the Indriyas so he is called Jitendriya.

What happened in 14 years when Rama wasn’t in Ayodhya?

The citizens purified themselves by remembrance of Rama. In ten years, they conquered their Indriyas and in the next four years they conquered their Manas, Buddhi, Chitta and Ahamkara. So, they were ready to see Him in the light of Jnana. Thus, they could see Rama inside and outside. They celebrated by not only lighting the lamps, but also undertaking austerities to purify themselves. Because of this, no houses were locked in Ayodhya, there was no pettiness anywhere and hence peace and prosperity reigned in His kingdom. Today, everyone wants Rama Rajya. Without conquering one’s lower instincts and focusing our thoughts on the Lord there is no Ram Rajya. Thus, Deepavali is not just a festival to be celebrated in a external way. There is a inner significance. The time, place and circumstances when it was first observed in those ancient times must be understood and the inner significance must be appreciated.”

Swami then proceeded to the grounds of the Hrudaya Mandiram Auditorium for the fireworks display. He lit a flower pot Himself, headed to the small enclosure set up near the Administration office block and witnessed the magnificent display of fire crackers.

After spending some time, He distributed sparklers and crackers to devotees and then departed to His residence Sri Sathya Sai Anandam, and retired for the day.

Divine Visit to Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam – Mandya – November 05 and 06, 2018

November 05, 2018

Bhagawan Baba landed at the Sri Sathya Sai Sharadaniketanam campus at 5.15 p.m. along with Sri Krishan Singhal, Smt Manju Singhal and Sri B N Narasimha Murthy. Bhagawan was received by Poorna Kumbham, students chanting Veda, Mangala Vadya and students with traditional trumpets. Though it was holiday time for the students, around 150 students and staff, more than 400 devotees and parents of the children were present to receive their Lord. After offering flowers to Mother Saraswathi idol in the entrance, Bhagawan took the guests to ‘Sai Hrudayam’ prayer hall and Himself explained its architectural beauty to the guests.

Though all the guests who came with Bhagawan were tired and needed rest, looking at the devotees and students waiting in large numbers, compassionate Bhagawan decided to have a Satsang immediately. After a quick refreshment all the students, staff, guests and devotees gathered at Sai Hrudayam Prayer Hall. After Bhajans and, invocation by students from grade 7 and 8, Sri Rajashekhar G B the Chairman and Warden of the campus welcomed Bhagawan and His guests. He explained ‘How the Alumni have taken various responsibilities in this campus’. The Chairman, Warden, two of the deputy Wardens, Campus Engineer and all the executive committee members are Alumni. 100% of the running costs of the campus is met by contributions from the Alumni, apart from involving themselves in setting up the Library, Rain water harvesting system, campus green initiatives, medical camps, teaching fine arts, etc. and he referred Mandya campus as ‘An Alumni led campus’.

Sai Shivansh, a student from Grade 8 spoke about ‘how the students in the campus are putting their efforts in ‘practicing Bhagawan’s teachings in their life’. Bhagawan was very happy and blessed him with Vibhuti.

A documentary video about ‘the inception of the campus and how it is reaching the poor and the needy’ was presented.

Sri Krishan Singhal was the next speaker. In his talk, he advised the students to make best use of the very strong foundation given by Bhagawan in the form value based education.

Sri B N Narasimha Murthy spoke about the devotion and surrender of Singhal family towards Bhagawan. He gave a call to parents and devotees to join the service activities in Sai Mission.

Bhagawan in His discourse expressed His happiness about large number of students coming back from holidays to the Campus to be with God, and expressed His faith in his students. He declared two days of extra holidays from His side for the children appreciating their sacrifice of holidays. He also appreciated the sacrifice of the devotees and Alumni. Swami then made an announcement about the very big campus coming up in Mysore which would have a school, college and a branch of the University. After Arati and Prasadam distribution, Bhagawan and the guests retired for the Day.

November 06 , Tuesday

Bhagawan came down at 9 a.m. to Sai Hrudayam Prayer Hall. Students presented a bunch of songs and instrumental music to their Lord. After blessing the workers with gifts and clothes, Bhagawan proceeded to Gavi Siddeshwara temple and Dhyana Mantapam. He himself explained to the guests about passion and devotion of Sage Channabasappa to construct a temple for Lord Shiva. After blessing all, Swami departed with His guests at 10 a.m. to the Hampi campus.